I am in Stage 3 and have been on this roller coaster ride for
6 years only the last 2 did I find a doctor who knew what was going on. If I were you I would not take licorice as it can be very stimulating. I recently went to a website for labrinx labs who do my cortisol testing and watched a webcast on the different stages of AF and her recommendations. She has been treating patients for 25 years. Sounds like you have high cortisol if you are not sleeping well. She said that she uses phosphorylated serine- 100 mg for high cortisol and 5 HTP 100-300 mg for sleep. and 3 mg of melatonin at bedtime. I will post the site for these podcasts. Hope this helps.